I haven't personally dealt with the Meopta, and I'm sure they are as excellent and everyone says, but if you want something that compares pretty closely spec wise (and has even better for eye relief, ligher and closer focusing distance - all at a cheaper price) then you might want to check out the Vortex Viper 10x42 HDs.
They are rugged and along with them comes peace of mind with the unconditional warranty that Vortex offers.
They are fairly compact for a 10x42 and come in lighter than the Meopta (not much only about 3 oz.), and while not as important - I do like the look of the Viper HDs more than the Meoptas.
As far as best glass under $1000 you can get Zeiss Conquest HDs and the compact Swarovski CLs. The CLs are nice because they are excellent glass in a super compact and lightweight package, although the 30mm objective might not do it for you in those lower light conditions.
Just some more options for you to consider.